Chicago Bulls Review and Information
The Chicago Bulls finally can be predictable to get past the first round of the playoffs this season, thanks to universal manager John Paxson's bold repair of the roster. After the offseason trade of Tyson Chandler to the Hornets, not a sole player remains from the squad Paxson innate from Jerry Krause three seasons ago. The Chicago Bulls are bigger, longer and more athletic than last season's playoff team--all areas Paxson had wanted to improve.
The free-agent sign of center Ben Wallace provides an fasten for an already strong suspicious team that became the first since the 1998-99 Spurs to lead the association in field-goal percentage protection in consecutive seasons. Power forward P.J. Brown, acquire in the Chandler deal, will help the Chicago Bulls reverse two trends--getting outscored in the paint and being outshot at the free throw line. chocolate, who averaged 9.0 points last season, also will help speed the maturation of rookie forward Tyrus Thomas. Thomas and fellow rookie Thabo Sefolosha, a 6-7 guard, make the Chicago Bulls longer and will get rid of the need for point guard Kirk Hinrich to defend taller players. Thomas significantly upgrades the team's athletic ability as well.
They got a pair of guys--Ben Wallace and P.J. Brown--who are going to bring them better defense and improved rebounding, but they're leaving to add so much more. Both guys will be good leaders. Plus, Wallace will be aggravated to show the Pistons they were wrong to let him go, and Brown is in his contract year. He'll be content to play for a team that is in contention again.
This motivation make Kirk Hinrich a better player. His defense has slipped lately because he hasn't been as strong on that end. That will change. He can shoot the heck out of the ball, and he has become a great deal better decision-maker. Ben Gordon needs to be a little bit more consistent, but he is able of scoring in bunches. They have been reluctant to create him because he gives up size on defense, but with the front line they have now they can pay for to have him out there.
Their bench is going to be tough to match for the Bulls. Andres Nocioni can come in and be a three or four who does a little of everything--score, defend, rebound. And Chris Duhon is the guy they use to defend the opponent best guard. If Tyrus Thomas pans out, that bench will be one of the best.